Spoilers follow for anyone who hasn’t caught up with the Season 4 finale of Arrow.
Remember how Season 4 of The CW’s Arrow had a magic-wielding “big bad” villain whose powers increased exponentially after sacrificing tens of thousands of people, but who was then beaten by a combination of good will and fisticuffs? Yeah, they won’t be repeating those same mistakes in Season 5. In fact, if a new report is to be believed, the upcoming season of Arrow might actually get closer to the show’s gritty and realistic roots.
With that in mind, the rumored villain who will antagonize Team Arrow (or what’s left of it) will be modeled after one of the best characters to come out of recent television history: Idris Elba’s Stringer Bell from HBO’s The Wire. This second-in-command of a Baltimore drug empire had a wonderfully nuanced arc on the show, one which gave the character more to aspire to than simple villainy for villainy’s sake. Could Team Arrow be up against such a foe next season? According to TV Line’s report, that’s the plan.
The new antagonist, tentatively named Anton Church (who doesn’t exist in the DC Comics database, for the moment), is described as “a ruthless crime lord” who will fill the power vacuum left by the dearly departed Damien Darhk and duplicitous Mayor Ruvé Adams. The casting description for the role called the character an “apex predator” who “cuts his way through the shadows” by taking down “the biggest threat first.” Will we get to see Anton Church’s rise to power while Oliver & Co. attempt to restore peace and order to Star City? If so, he’ll have to do it without superpowers, which is a blissful change of pace that’s preferable over Arrow trying to keep up with The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and newcomer Supergirl.
Additionally, another character will be joining the cast this season. The series-regular role of “James,” an “irrepressibly charming” contemporary of Oliver’s who is described as “a man on a mission” and is out to avenge a tragic, violent loss from his own past years ago. Sounds like Oliver will have plenty of friends and enemies to sort out this season, the better to distract him from how many lives his vigilante antics have ruined to date.
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